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The AGEP Engineering Alliance: A Model to Advance Historically URM Postdoctoral Scholars and Early-Career Faculty in Engineering

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Tammy Michelle McCoy Georgia Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7452-8447

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Tammy M. McCoy is the TA Development and Future Faculty Specialist for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this capacity, she works closely with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in pursuing careers in college teaching through teaching assistant (TA) training and support, academic career development programs, and training and certification in college teaching. Specifically, she teaches courses and facilitates workshops to support future faculty development; assists in the implementation of the orientation program for new TAs and the support of departments offering TA training courses; contributes to the Tech to Teaching certificate program for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; provides individual consultation and teaching evaluation to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars seeking to enhance expertise in the classroom; and assists with the campus-wide awards program that recognizes excellence in teaching within the TA community at Georgia Tech. Tammy earned her Ph.D. and completed a postdoc in materials science and engineering at Georgia Tech. She also earned a M.S. in materials engineering from Auburn University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University. Prior to beginning her current position, Tammy taught science at a local high school, was an instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Spelman College, and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering at Georgia Perimeter College.

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Comas Lamar Haynes Georgia Tech Research Institute

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Comas Lamar Haynes is a Principal Research Engineer / faculty member of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Joint Faculty Appointee at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research includes modeling steady state and transient behavior of advanced energy systems, inclusive of their thermal management, and the characterization and optimization of novel cycles. He has advised graduate and undergraduate research assistants and has received multi-agency funding for energy systems analysis and development. Sponsor examples include the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and NASA. Dr. Haynes also develops fuel cells and alternative energy systems curricula for public and college courses and experimental laboratories. Additionally, he is the co-developer of the outreach initiative, Educators Leading Energy Conservation and Training Researchers of Diverse Ethnicities (ELECTRoDE). He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and his graduate degrees (culminating in a Ph.D.) from Georgia Tech; and all of the degrees are in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering.

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C. Fred Higgs III Rice University

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I am the John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University, where I am also the Faculty Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) and the founding director of the Particle Flow and Tribology Lab.
Outside of Rice's School of Engineering, I am also its Vice Provost of Academic Affairs.

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Illya V. Hicks Rice University

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Illya V. Hicks was born and raised in Waco, TX. He received a BS in mathematics (1995) from Southwest Texas State University (currently Texas State University at San Marcos). He also received an MA and PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics (2000) from Rice University. Illya served as faculty member in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Texas A&M University (2000-2006) and is currently a professor in the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department at Rice University. He has also served as the faculty advisor to the president of Rice University (2016-2019).
In terms of research, his interests are in combinatorial optimization, graph theory, and integer programming with applications in big data, imaging, social networks, and logistics. Illya is the recipient of the 2005 Optimization Prize for Young Researchers from the Optimization Society of INFORMS and the 2010 Forum Moving Spirit Award from INFORMS for his work with the Minority Issues Forum of INFORMS. Illya was also recently named an INFORMS Fellow.

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Clayton J. Clark II Florida A&M University

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Dr. Clayton J. Clark II is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and a licensed Professional Engineer. His research specialties include water quality, water resources, remediation of contaminated soil and water, environmental sustainability, hydrology, hazardous waste management, and STEM education. Dr. Clark has been blessed to have the opportunity to edit three books, produce nearly forty peer-reviewed publications, in addition to over fifty presentation to national and international audiences. He has also served as a reviewer for numerous technical journals and a panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency numerous times. Dr. Clark’s research interests include combining chemical and environmental engineering techniques for hazardous waste handling and disposal; research and treatment of various environmental contaminants; overall environmental and water resources sustainability; and STEM Education. He has previously served as Director for the Title III Minority Graduate Fellowship Program and the STEM-Public Policy Program at FAMU. He presently serves as the Director for the Program of Excellence in STEM (PE-STEM) and the Civil Engineering Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program at FAMU. He has also served as faculty advisor for Engineers without Borders and the National Society for Black Engineers for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and received his M.A. in Biblical Studies in 2019. He and his wife Kimberline of 21 years are the parents of 3 sons and 2 daughters.

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Natalie Yolanda Arnett FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

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Sylvia L. Mendez University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Dr. Sylvia Mendez is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas, MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and BA in Economics from Washington State University. Dr. Mendez's research centers on effective faculty mentoring practices, broadening participating in higher education, and the educational attainment and schooling experiences of Mexican descent youth in the mid-20th century.

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Valerie Martin Conley University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Valerie Martin Conley is dean of the College of Education and professor of Leadership, Research, and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She previously served as director of the Center for Higher Education, professor, and department chair at Ohio University. She was the PI for the NSF funded research project: Academic Career Success in Science and Engineering-Related Fields for Female Faculty at Public Two-Year Institutions. She is co-author of The Faculty Factor: Reassessing the American Academy in a Turbulent Era.

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Molly Stuhlsatz BSCS Science Learning

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Abstract

The AGEP Engineering Alliance brings together Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, William Marsh Rice University, and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to develop, implement, study, evaluate, and disseminate a model focused on the career development of historically underrepresented minority (URM) engineering postdoctoral scholars who eventually successfully transition into tenure-track faculty positions. Funding for this Alliance was procured from The National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program (award numbers: 1821298, 1821019, 1821052, and 1821008). Presently, approximately 10% of postdoctoral scholars (Yadav et al., 2020) and 6% of engineering professors (Roy, 2019) identify as racial/ethnic minorities, and this disproportionality will continue until URMs are more effectively engaged and embraced in the discipline (NSF, 2018). To address increasing the effective engagement and embracement of URM postdoctoral scholars, the AGEP Engineering Alliance project team employs an asset-based approach to meeting the career development needs of the project participants by offering both prescribed and customized personal and professional development sessions.

This poster details survey evidence of the effectiveness attributed to the sessions presented between 2019-2020 from the point of view of the 11 postdoctoral scholars participating in the project. Sessions included topics on the tenure-track faculty hiring process; expectations for research, teaching, and service in academia; and more nuanced, personal topics such as parenting as a postdoctoral scholar/early-career faculty member. Survey results indicate nearly 100% of participants rated the sessions as relevant to their academic career intentions and beneficial to their academic career planning process. Additionally, results indicate the postdoctoral scholars found conversations amongst themselves and with the AGEP project team members to be valuable as they were able to use the session time to connect, network, and quell individual anxieties as they embarked on tenure-track faculty job searches. Participants also report feeling more informed on teaching responsibilities, academic entrepreneurship prospects, start-up packages, the importance of networking, and pursuing employment at various institutional types because of the sessions. They also recommend additional sessions involving conversations with URM faculty in which they share their tenure-track hiring and faculty experiences; ways to create and optimize mentoring relationships; grant-funding advice; personal branding; effectively managing a lab; and additional guidance on hiring, such as developing well-crafted application packages, preparing for interviews, and negotiating start-up packages. Suggestions on improving the sessions include facilitating more structured rather than organic discussions and meeting more frequently to leverage the project opportunities offered.

McCoy, T. M., & Haynes, C. L., & Higgs, C. F., & Hicks, I. V., & Clark, C. J., & Arnett, N. Y., & Mendez, S. L., & Conley, V. M., & Stuhlsatz, M. (2021, July), The AGEP Engineering Alliance: A Model to Advance Historically URM Postdoctoral Scholars and Early-Career Faculty in Engineering Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37836

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